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Hatewatch Headlines 4/14/15

By Hatewatch Staff on April 14, 2015 - 9:51 am, Posted in Hatewatch Headlines

Associated Press: Fears of ‘Sharia law’ drive Idaho legislators to kill funding for child-support cases.

Raw Story: Prosecutors drop dozens of cases linked to Florida cops who fantasized about executing black suspects.

WOWT-TV (Omaha, NE): Video captures arrest of antigovernment ‘sovereign citizens’ who refused to cooperate at traffic stop.

Right Wing Watch: Michelle Bachmann warns that God is punishing America with disasters because of the Obama presidency.

USA Today: Two Mississippi women who were in truck that ran down black man get maximum prison terms.

NPR: Twenty years later, mystery of Amtrak derailment in Arizona desert resurfaces with FBI reward.

Think Progress: Public school teacher in Texas instructs students to fear Muslims, says Islam is an ‘ideology of war.’

Bundy Supporters Mark One Year Anniversary of Standoff

By Ryan Lenz on April 13, 2015 - 9:47 am, Posted in Antigovernment, Militias
Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy addresses an audience gathered for religious services on Sunday, April 12, 2015. The date is the anniversary of his standoff with the federal government one year ago.

Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy addresses an audience gathered for religious services on Sunday, April 12, 2015. The date is the anniversary of his standoff with the federal government one year ago.

They gathered on a sandy wash not far from the site of where an angry standoff took place one year ago when the radical right came to the aid of Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy in his fight with the federal government. Bundy’s supporters, militiamen and antigovernment “Patriots,” spent this past weekend near his ranch celebrating, as their T-shirts printed for the occasion proclaimed, “Victory Over Oppression.”

Designed to be a “Liberty Celebration,” cowboy poets, musicians and speakers from as far away as Florida spent the weekend playing in the Virgin River, eating hamburgers made with Bundy beef and camping on public lands once heavily patrolled by Bureau of Land Management (BLM) agents.

But not anymore.

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Hatewatch Headlines 4/13/15

By Hatewatch Staff on April 13, 2015 - 7:00 am, Posted in Hatewatch Headlines

Media Matters: Confronted about his alliance with Alex Jones, Rand Paul tries to downplay their past.

Right Wing Watch: NRA’s Wayne LaPierre warns against election of Hillary Clinton, who ‘will bring a permanent darkness of deceit and despair.’

AlterNet: Fearmongering dominates NRA convention, where the talk is about ‘eliminating the threat.’

JoeMyGod: AFA caller describes economic boycotts as ‘economic terrorism,’ and Sandy Rios agrees.

Des Moines (IA) Register: Man charged with sending threatening letter with fake anthrax, ant-LGBT slurs to gay bar.

Salon: Recollections of a childhood racist, from 1966, when his hometown school first integrated, and he said something awful.

Raw Story: Evangelical Republicans lash out at LGBT and abortion rights in new chapter of culture wars.

Think Progress: One year later, Cliven Bundy and his right-wing militia are still trying to seize public lands.

Nevada Man Sentenced to 75 Months for Threatening to Kill Federal Judges

By Bill Morlin on April 10, 2015 - 11:37 am, Posted in Uncategorized

A man sentenced to federal prison for threatening to blow up a U.S. Air Force base in Nevada in 2010 didn’t learn his lesson.

Charles James Schuett was out of prison for only short time last June when, in the heart of Las Vegas, he claimed he had planted explosives in the Lloyd D. George U.S. Courthouse, and would kill two federal judges. Schuett confessed to that crime and was sentenced earlier this week to serve another 75 months in federal prison.

His threat to kill the federal judges emptied the courthouse for a security sweep. Even though no bombs or explosives were found, Schuett’s antigovernment threats got him charged again.

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Pamela Geller Announces Contest for the Best Cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad

By Hatewatch Staff on April 10, 2015 - 11:36 am, Posted in Anti-Muslim
Pam Geller addressing rally in Garland, Texas

Pam Geller addressing rally in Garland, Texas, last year.

The anti-Muslim movement is full of publicity hounds and self-described experts on Islam, many of whom try to conceal their bigotry behind a veneer of measured thought.

And then there is Pamela Geller, the Manhattan socialite turned indignant expert on the subject of Islam and jihad. From sponsoring billboards on the side of New York City buses that bordered on called Muslims savages, to her catastrophic warnings regarding the proposed building of a mosque near the site of the World Trade Center towers, Geller has historically been in a league of her own.

And now she’s just outdone herself. 

Geller, who runs the website Atlas Shruggs, plans to hold a contest for the best cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad. The purpose of the contest is to “defend free speech and not give in to violent [Muslim] intimidation,” Geller said in an article posted on Breitbart. According to Jihad Watch, which is run by Geller’s fellow Islamophobe Robert Spencer, the contest has received over 350 submissions. 

Under Islamic law, it is expressly forbidden to depict the prophet visually, and Muslims have historically reacted with violence when newspapers or magazines have done so. 

Justifying her event, Geller said, “After the Charlie Hebdo massacre — and after the violent Muhammad cartoon riots a few years ago — there should have been cartoon exhibits all over the free world, to show jihadists and their stealth groups … that we will not kowtow to violent intimidation.”

The “winning” submission will be revealed on May 3  and the artist will win $10,000. Geller will also give a$2,500  “People’s Choice Award” during an event at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas, where Dutch politician Geert Wilders, best know for his criticism of Islam, will deliver the keynote address.

Satellite Feed Drops Stormfront and David Duke Radio

By Heidi Beirich on April 10, 2015 - 9:59 am, Posted in Anti-Semitic, Extremist Propaganda, Holocaust Denial

This past Thursday, both “Stormfront Radio” and neo-Nazi David Duke’s radio program were dropped by their satellite provider. toplogoOn his radio broadcast yesterday, former Klan leader Don Black, the host of “Stormfront Radio,” confirmed that his satellite access had been cancelled and blamed that cancellation on “Jewish supremacists.”

The cancellation comes in the wake of a major Southern Poverty Law Center exposé of “Stormfront Radio,” which documented the program’s extensive anti-Semitism and racism. The SPLC’s report also revealed that the show was being streamed into Europe via a French-owned satellite, Hot Bird 13A. That satellite is owned by Eutelsat, a Paris-based corporation.

The SPLC contacted Eutelsat to ask them whether their broadcast of hate radio into Europe might not violate various European countries’ hate speech laws. The company told SPLC that it was investigating and, soon after, the satellite contract was apparently dropped.

The American company that worked as the middleman (or reseller) with Eutelsat to put Don Black’s material onto the Hot Bird is Global Star Radio Network (GSR), based in Orrtanna, Pa., and owned by Todd Waite. As of today, GSR’s website is no longer showing Stormfront Radio or David Duke’s show as part of its programming, though both shows were listed yesterday. In addition, Hot Bird 13A is no longer advertised as one of GSR’s satellites. When called, Todd Waite refused to comment on the record about what exactly had happened.

Though Waite has apparently let Black and Duke go, he has not dropped Jeff Rense’s program. Both Black and Duke’s shows are part of the Rense Radio Network and their archives are stored there as of today (formerly they were on GSR). Rense has frequently interviewed anti-Semites on his program including both Black and Duke and Holocaust deniers Ernst Zundel and Texe Marrs. On air yesterday, Black said he had the “complete support of Jeff Rense.”

GSR continues to run radical right programming, but apparently no longer in Europe because it lost the Hot Bird and now only has Galaxy 19, which is owned by Intelsat, a company based in Luxembourg. Besides Rense, other GSR programming includes Scriptures for America, the racist ministry of now deceased Christian Identity preacher Pete Peters, and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ program. Luxembourg has laws against Holocaust denial, but is unclear if they apply to materials broadcast on Galaxy 19 into North America.

Hatewatch Headlines 4/10/15

By Hatewatch Staff on April 10, 2015 - 8:31 am, Posted in Hatewatch Headlines

Politico: The Confederacy lives on, 150 years after Appomatox, in the hearts and minds of many Southerners.

Tallahassee Democrat: Rally to protest Ku Klux Klan presence in northern Florida draws crowd, turns fiery.

Right Wing Watch: AFA’s Bryan Fischer warns that President Obama is animated by the same ‘spirit and energy’ as the Antichrist.

Reno (NV) News-Review: State efforts to grab federal lands keep failing, because history is not on their side.

The Knox Student (Galesville, IL): ‘Constitutional’ militias train in rural Galesville area, learning survival skills.

Quartz: For the last time, the American Civil War was not about so-called states’ rights.

Think Progress: Florida House overwhelmingly votes to approve religious ‘license to discriminate’ adoption bill.

Media Matters: Columnist for Washington Times claims Common Core amounts to an ‘Islamic infiltration of America.’

 

Arizona Supreme Court Intervenes, Delays Simcox Trial to Mull Victims’ Testimony

By David Neiwert on April 10, 2015 - 8:18 am, Posted in Anti-Immigrant, Crime

The Arizona Supreme Court intervened in the child-molestation trial of onetime Minuteman leader Chris Simcox on Thursday afternoon, calling a halt to the proceedings until it can consider whether Simcox – who is insisting on his right to represent himself at trial – should be permitted to cross-examine the young girls he is accused of molesting.

KPHO-TV in Phoenix reported that Justice John Pelander of the state’s high court granted a stay in the trial at the request of Phoenix attorney Jack Wilenchik, who is representing the parents of one of the girls pro bono. Wilenchik had filed an emergency motion on behalf of the victim with the Arizona Supreme Court on Wednesday night, after the state appeals court declined to stop the trial while it considered whether or not it was appropriate to allow Simcox to cross-examine the girls.

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Maricopa County prosecutors had asked Superior Court Judge Jose Padilla, who is overseeing the trial, to require Simcox to cross-examine the girls through court-appointed associate counsel, but Padilla had refused. And when the appeals court declined to prevent the trial from proceeding while it waited to consider the prosecutors’ arguments, Wilenchik stepped up with what he admits was “a Hail Mary pass,” in an interview with Stephen Lemons of the Phoenix New Times.

“If the court allows the child victim to be subject to cross-examination by her abuser,” Wilenchik argued in his motion, “then the victim’s constitutional right [under the Arizona Constitution] to be free from harassment and intimidation will be permanently violated.” ( continue to full post… )

One Year After Federal Standoff, Bundy Family Plans a Liberty Celebration

By Ryan Lenz on April 9, 2015 - 3:38 pm, Posted in Antigovernment, Conspiracies, Extremist Crime
Bundy with militia supporters

Bundy with militia supporters on April 12, 2014. (Credit: Ryan Lenz, SPLC)

One year after hundreds of heavily armed antigovernment “Patriots” swarmed the Nevada desert to help rancher Cliven Bundy in his fight with the federal government – an event that nearly ended in bloodshed – the Bundy family is ready again.

Beginning on Friday, the family plans to hold a three-day celebration to mark the anniversary of the April 12, 2014, standoff with Bureau of Land Management (BLM) agents, and the subsequent decision by the federal government to abandon efforts to confiscate Bundy’s cattle as payment for more than $1 million in unpaid grazing fees.

Dubbed “the Battle of Bunkerville” by the antigovernment movement, the standoff led to widespread animus toward the federal government in a movement already fixated on conspiracy theories that covered everything from the secret introduction of endangered desert tortoises to push Bundy of public lands, to the idea that the federal government had secret plans with the Chinese government to turn large swaths of Nevada into solar farms.

In the months after the standoff, patriot paranoia spread across the American West, too – a trend that was documented in a Southern Poverty Law Center special investigative report, War in the West, that tracked the spread of Bundy’s ideas and revealed that the April 12 standoff was part of an orchestrated, planned militia effort, not an organic uprising of populist fury.

The Bundy’s have said the weekend celebration will include camping, hiking, shooting, cowboy poetry and a barbecue. Speakers at the weekend celebration include former Arizona sheriff Richard Mack, Nye County (Nevada) Sheriff Sharon Wehrly and Nevada Councilwoman Michelle Fiore, who has taken on Bundy’s fight with the feds in the state legislature. Bundy will deliver remarks about the last year on Saturday evening.

The anniversary of the Bundy standoff is more than a moment of celebration for the antigovernment movement, though. It is also a reminder that a year has passed during which the federal government has done nothing to hold Bundy accountable for those who committed crimes that day, and has let Bundy stand in bold defiance of a federal court order.

The BLM has yet to respond to dozens of requests in the last year for comment.

 

Protesters Cheer With Scheduled Lowering of Chinese Flag at Washington State Capitol

By David Neiwert on April 9, 2015 - 1:15 pm, Posted in Antigovernment, Patriot Groups

A group of self-described “Patriots” showed up at the Washington state Capitol building last weekend, demanding the removal of the “communist” flag of China from the flagpoles in front of the rotunda. When a state employee arrived and took the flag down, with assistance from a state trooper, they then claimed victory.

However, according to a spokesman for the Washington State Patrol (WSP), the flag – being flown to honor a visit from China’s U.S. ambassador, Cui Tiankai, who met with Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday – had been scheduled to come down on Saturday anyway. The man shown in a video posted by the “Patriots” bringing the flag down was a state employee, and he stored the flag afterward as he would normally.

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Nonetheless, the video shows the glee of the protesters, who proclaim the state trooper one of their own: “Now that’s an oath keeper there,” says Anthony Bosworth, the leader of the protest. “Making sure the communist flag comes down. That’s an officer I can support.” Then they stood at attention with their Tea Party “Gadsden” flags until the flag was fully down.

At Fox News Insider, the flag removal was touted with the headline, “Patriots Helped Take Down Communist China Flag at a US State Capitol,” while a similar headline over a story at the Washington Times likewise described the removal as something inspired by the protesters.

WSP spokesman Robert Calkins said the flag was originally scheduled to come down last weekend, and when the trooper noticed the protesters, he contacted groundskeepers and ascertained that the flag was scheduled to come down that morning, so they simply expedited the process to avert any conflict.

“On Monday, the Scottish flag was flying,” noted Calkins. He said the standard state protocol is to fly the flag of any nation recognized by the United States government when a dignitary from that nation visits the Capitol. China is Washington state’s largest trading partner, with two-way trade between the two totaling well over $20 billion annually. It’s also the state’s largest export-business client, with China consuming over $15 billion in goods produced in the state each year, notably agricultural products such as apples.

Bosworth and his gang of protesters are becoming familiar sights to the state’s law-enforcement officers. In February, he led a group of about 50 gun-rights protesters in a failed attempt to get arrested by bringing their guns inside the statehouse chambers while the Legislature was in session, though they did so on a day when the Legislature was not in session. In March, he led a similar protest outside the doors of the federal courthouse in Spokane, which likewise led to no arrests.